Monday, April 30, 2012

GOP, Cooking the Books in MN - Your State Too?

Is your state GOP hiding debt?
The party of fiscal responsibility has screwed up royally in the State of Minnesota and the facts that are coming out may indicate that this could be a national issue. AND the GOP may be dragging unsuspecting citizens into this drama.

Some of the financial GOP drama in Minnesota has included:
The Minnesota Republican Party is facing eviction for nonpayment of more than $111,000 in rent
and $2 million+ in reported debt.

The latest scandal after the request of Common Cause MN for an investigation into possible “shell companies” that may have been established to hide GOP debt.  And with a wave of the wand and a shout of “Abracadabra!” the following article appeared in today’s Minneapolis Strib.

Snips below - but you gotta read the whole thing - just regular folks, supposedly screwed by the GOP in order to "cook the books".

    Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
    Updated: April 29, 2012 - 7:55 AM
 Men listed as chief executives of a company created to handle 2010 recount debt are dumbfounded that their names were sent to the state.

Fraley's fight to get his name removed from the corporate filings for Count Them All Properly is coming to light as state regulators and a watchdog group are probing whether the company was created chiefly to keep debt off the books of the state Republican Party, which owes creditors $2 million, including recount debt.

In the last two years, Count Them All Properly has listed two CEOs, both of whom say they have never heard of the company. Count Them All Properly has no corporate office, no phone number and no website. It does, however, have roughly $500,000 in debt, mostly to recount lawyers.

The company was incorporated in late 2010 by Daniel Puhl, a former administrator for the Republican National Committee who specializes in helping political parties, businesses and candidates work with the Federal Elections Commission.

Mr Puhl’s LinkedIn page shows this as his resume just before, during and after the incorporation of Count Them All Properly in 2010.

CFO and Director of Administration
Republican National Committee
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Political Organization industry
June 2011 – April 2012 (11 months)
Manage the financial, HR, facilities, IT, and Constituent Services areas for the organization.

Director and Finance Commitee member - volunteer
Minnesota Society of CPAs
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
April 2009 – May 2011 (2 years 2 months)
Volunteer director serving at the pleasure of the Society's membership to work in conjunction with the board and staff in a strategic capacity. Collaborates on budget oversight and investment policy oversight.

Chief Financial Officer
2008 Republican National Convention
July 2007 – December 2008 (1 year 6 months)
Executive responsibility for finance, legal, administration, human resources, and IT.

Well I guess if anyone is going to help cook the books for the state GOP – it should be a CPA/CFO – of the Republican Party.

May want to ask your state's Common Cause office and your attorney general to take a look at the books of your GOP.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander – and I doubt if Minnesota is an isolated incident.

GOP - Party of fiscal responsibility - hah!  
GOP - Cook the Books party.

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